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Ancient Gilgamesh tablet seized from Hobby Lobby by US authorities

The craft store had acquired the 3,600-year-old artefact for its Bible museum, but court says it had been smuggled and should be returned to IraqA rare and ancient tablet showing part of the epic of Gilgamesh, which had been acquired by Christian arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby for display in its museum of biblical artefacts, has been seized by the US government.The Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges that the 3,600-year-old “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet”, which originated in a region that is now...
Tags: Books, London, Iraq, US, World news, US news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Department of Justice DOJ, Manuscripts and letters


NSSF: American Shooting Sports Glitter in Olympics

By Mark Oliva America’s shooting sports heritage is contributing to its success in the Olympic games. IMG iStock-1328307953 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- American Olympic sport shooters are claiming gold. Olympic veteran Vincent Hancock took the gold medal with a score of 59 in the final, dropping just one target. This was Hancock’s unprecedented third trip to the top of the podium in the Men’s Skeet competition. Hancock took gold in 2008 and 2012. He competed in 2016 but didn’t place in the meda...
Tags: Japan, Usa, London, Guns, Army, Ncaa, Usa Today, Mike, U S Army, IMG, Hancock, NSSF, USA Shooting, Louisville Courier Journal, Shaner, Competitive Shooting News


Expert Advice: How to Throw an Impromptu Summer Dinner Party

There’s something about summer that invites spontaneity: one last quick dip in the lake before dinner, an afternoon drive to nowhere in particular, spur-of-the-moment dinners taken outside in the garden. Some of the most memorable summer evenings start out this way: an impromptu dinner party, just because it’s too beautiful to call it a night. (Or because company drops by unexpectedly.) How to pull off a festive dinner—to make sure there’s something to eat, and that it’s just a bit special—when ...
Tags: Garden, Books, London, Summer, How-to, Paris, Entertaining, Expert Advice, Hudson Valley, Pellegrino, Jill Donenfeld, Gardenista, Natalie Weiss, Alexa Hotz, Nicole Franzen, Tiina


22 Mysteries, Thrillers, & Suspense Novels for July

July is a good month for fans of suspense, with the publication of all kinds of genre books from dark psychological thrillers to fun cozy mysteries. The titles listed here are just a handful that caught my attention. I find it hard to resist a good crime novel, and it was difficult to limit this post to just 22. Note that I have read only a few of these books, and most of the short descriptions have been taken from the publishers’ summaries. Audiobook information is provided when available. Tha...
Tags: Books, England, Hollywood, London, California, Virginia, Maine, Alaska, Tennessee, ALEC, Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Leo, Scotland Yard, Random House, Clara


The Curator’s Apartment: A Design-Led Holiday Retreat in Bath

The Curator’s Apartment is a pared-back, art-filled holiday rental in the center of Bath that doubles as an artistic retreat. It is the first design-led rental created by Tina Liu, who—after a decade-long career in the City—is now a property developer intent on creating individually crafted spaces for passing travelers seeking ease and authenticity. Above: A view of Walcot Street. Tina lived and studied in Bath as a teenager and has been captivated by its elegance ever since. The light-filled a...
Tags: Books, London, France, Uncategorized, Tina, David Hardy, Mendip Hills, Spencer Fung, Facebook Marketplace, Mimi Robson, Anna Unwin, Tina Liu, Walcot Street, Lunaria Somerset, Lawrence Calver, Walcot


Sproutl is an online marketplace for gardeners founded by former Farfetch executives

Meet Sproutl, a marketplace for gardeners living in the U.K. The startup founded by former Farfetch executives has raised a $9 million seed round. It wants to make gardening more accessible by providing a curated list of items, relevant advice as well as inspiration. Index Ventures is leading the round in the startup with Ada Ventures and several business angels also participating. The funding round originally closed in April of this year. “A few years ago, we bought a flat in London with a tiny...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ecommerce, Europe, Gardening, London, Youtube, Tech, E-commerce, Index Ventures, Farfetch, Ada Ventures, Sproutl, Anni Noel Johnson, U K Those


Other Fiction Collins, Wilkie: Mein schwarzer Spiegel [German] v1 0 23.07.2021

Wilkie Collins gilt heute als einer der großen viktorianischen Schriftsteller. Er war ein enger Freund Charles Dickens', in dessen Schatten er nach seinem Tod lange stand. Dickens und Collins schrieben auch gemeinsam Texte. Der bekannteste Roman der beiden ist The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Erst im späteren 20. Jahrhundert wurde Collins wiederentdeckt und wird heute wieder verlegt. Wilkie Collins starb am 23. September 1889 im Alter von 65 Jahren in London. Hier >Mein schwarzer Spiegel...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Collins, Wilkie Collins, Dickens, SPIEGEL, Jahren, Schatten, Collins Wilkie, Freund Charles Dickens


Why Matthew Specktor went ‘Crashing’ into the lives of Southern California’s creative people

Matthew Specktor, author of the novels “That Summertime Sound” and “American Dream Machine,” was working on a TV pilot when he realized he just wasn’t enjoying the process. But he knew what did sound appealing: Writing about other creative people, like the artist and writer Eve Babitz and a list that eventually included director Hal Ashby, singer-songwriter Warren Zevon and actress Tuesday Weld among them. “On a particularly depressing day when I was slogging along with the pilot, I thought, ‘I ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, London, Instagram, California, Wikipedia, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Montrose, West Hollywood, Lucille Ball, Los Angeles California, Los Angeles Review of Books


Polygamy in Senegal, lesbian hookups in Cairo: inside the sex lives of African women

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s new book The Sex Lives of African Women examines self-discovery, freedom and healing. She talks about everything she has learnedExtract: ‘I have no idea what my husband told his wives when he married me’Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has a face that smiles at rest. When she is speaking, it is with a constant grin, one that only falters when she talks about some of the difficult circumstances she and other African women have gone through in their quest for sexual liberation. She sp...
Tags: Books, Family, London, Marriage, Sex, Africa, Women, Senegal, Life and style, Society, Culture, United States, Ghana, Cairo, Accra, Accra Ghana


SGT Nick Mowrer Makes History on Road to 2021 Tokyo Olympics

SGT. Nick Mowrer is set to establish an incredible record of competing in multiple Olympic shooting events at the Tokyo Olympics. IMG CMP SGT Nick Mowrer has reached a milestone that no other American has – competing in more than one discipline at the Olympic Games. Mowrer is set to fire in 10-meter air pistol, 50-meter smallbore rifle and the 10-meter mixed air pistol team event in Tokyo. “While it comes with a certain cool factor, the actual goal is much bigger,” he said of his historic feat...
Tags: London, Guns, Colorado, Montana, United States, Idaho, Army, Tokyo, Colorado Springs, Cmp, Ohio State University, Pikes Peak Community College, United States Olympic Training Center, Competitive Shooting News, Ashley Brugnone, Junior Team


Other Fiction Collins, Wilkie: Memoiren eines Adoptivsohnes [German] v1 0 23.07.2021

Wilkie Collins gilt heute als einer der großen viktorianischen Schriftsteller. Er war ein enger Freund Charles Dickens', in dessen Schatten er nach seinem Tod lange stand. Dickens und Collins schrieben auch gemeinsam Texte. Der bekannteste Roman der beiden ist The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Erst im späteren 20. Jahrhundert wurde Collins wiederentdeckt und wird heute wieder verlegt. Wilkie Collins starb am 23. September 1889 im Alter von 65 Jahren in London. Hier >Memoiren eines Adoptiv...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Collins, Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Jahren, Schatten, Collins Wilkie, Freund Charles Dickens, Memoiren


Discover The Grammar of Ornament, One of the Great Color Books & Design Masterpieces of the 19th Century

In the mid-17th century, young Englishmen of means began to mark their coming of age with a “Grand Tour” across the Continent and even beyond. This allowed them to take in the elements of their civilizational heritage first-hand, especially the artifacts of classical antiquity and the Renaissance. After completing his architectural studies, a Londoner named Owen Jones embarked upon his own Grand Tour in 1832, rather late in the history of the tradition, but ideal timing for the research ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, England, Design, London, College, Spain, Turkey, Britain, Victoria, Seoul, Ornament, Jones, Granada, Owen Jones


Winnie-the-Pooh goes to Harrods in new authorised AA Milne prequel

Once There Was a Bear by Jane Riordan and Mark Burgess will channel the original books’ voice and pictorial style using details from Christopher Robin’s real lifeThe story of how Winnie-the-Pooh went from a Harrods toy shelf to the home of Christopher Robin and the Hundred Acre Wood is set to be told for the first time, in an official prequel to AA Milne’s original stories.Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear has been written in the style of Milne by children’s writer Jane Riordan, with illust...
Tags: Books, London, UK News, Culture, Children and teenagers, Harrods, Aa Milne, Winnie, Milne, Christopher Robin, Mark Burgess, Jane Riordan, Shepard Continue


Kitchen of the Week: A Modern Barn Conversion in the English Countryside

What this project lacks in color, it more than makes up for in texture. Brushed stainless steel, soft Corian, and light oak combine with the age-old timber ceiling beams and stone walls original to the structure, formerly a barn, for a particularly striking materials palette. The team behind Jack Trench, a bespoke kitchen design firm in London, was tasked with converting the barn into a guest house. With such strong textures in play, the decision was made to go for a minimalist design. “We kept ...
Tags: Books, Pantry, London, Berlin, Stainless Steel, Barns, Kitchen of the Week, Kitchen Cabinets, Eat-in Kitchens, Kitchen Storage & Organization, Stairways, Jack Trench, Guest Spaces, Barazza, Thomas Kröger Kitchen, Trench Let


History Collins, Wilkie: Alicia Warlock [German] v1 0 21.07.2021

Wilkie Collins gilt heute als einer der großen viktorianischen Schriftsteller. Er war ein enger Freund Charles Dickens', in dessen Schatten er nach seinem Tod lange stand. Dickens und Collins schrieben auch gemeinsam Texte. Der bekannteste Roman der beiden ist The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Erst im späteren 20. Jahrhundert wurde Collins wiederentdeckt und wird heute wieder verlegt. Wilkie Collins starb am 23. September 1889 im Alter von 65 Jahren in London. Hier >Alicia Warlock< ...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Collins, Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Jahren, Schatten, Collins Wilkie, Freund Charles Dickens, Alicia Warlock


Adonis: ‘When al-Sayyab Visited Beirut in 1957’

This chapter comes from Adonis’s Ha Anta Ayyuha al-Waqt (Look, Oh Time, 1993). Here, Adonis describes “ distinct friendship developed with [Iraqi poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab], both personal and poetic, which I consider among the deepest experiences of friendship that I have known“: When al-Sayyab Visited Beirut in 1957 By Adonis Translated by Ghareeb Iskander A The arrival of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab to Beirut in the spring of 1957, invited by the journal of Shi‘r  (poetry), was ...
Tags: Books, London, John, Beirut, Basra, Shi, Adonis, Badawi, American University of Beirut, Eliot, Soas University of London, NonFiction, Arkansas University, Ghareeb, Ghareeb Iskander, Syracuse University Press New York


History Collins, Wilkie: Mrs._Badgery [German] v1 0 10.07.2021

Wilkie Collins gilt heute als einer der großen viktorianischen Schriftsteller. Er war ein enger Freund Charles Dickens', in dessen Schatten er nach seinem Tod lange stand. Dickens und Collins schrieben auch gemeinsam Texte. Der bekannteste Roman der beiden ist The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Erst im späteren 20. Jahrhundert wurde Collins wiederentdeckt und wird heute wieder verlegt. Wilkie Collins starb am 23. September 1889 im Alter von 65 Jahren in London. Hier >Mrs. Badgery< ...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Collins, Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Jahren, Schatten, Collins Wilkie, Freund Charles Dickens, Mrs Badgery


Push//Pull: East London’s Go-To Shop for Design Inspiration

“Every time I’ve bought something I don’t particularly love—because I thought it was worth some money or perhaps it had a fancy name—it’s all gone a bit wrong,” reveals James Watkins, founder of Push//Pull, a vintage and contemporary design store in East. London. Nowadays, Watkins has learned to trust his instincts. His advice? “Just try to get out there as much as possible and really only buy what you like.” Watkins was a touring musician whose personal collection of vintage furniture gradually...
Tags: Books, London, Yorkshire, East London, Sustainable Design, Soho House, Watkins, Le Corbusier, Howard Smith, Antiques & Vintage, Shopper's Diary, James Watkins, Donna Wilson, Soho Home, Redchurch Street, East London Nowadays Watkins


New Fiction: Excerpt from Badriya al-Badri’s ‘The Last Crossing’

One of the film pitches featured during the opening night of the “BILA HUDOOD: Arabic Literature Everywhere” festival was Katherine Van de Vate’s pitch of Badriyah al-Badri’s The Last Crossing: You can — and should — watch the video pitch on our YouTube channel, along with others from the festival. You can also read the excerpt from the award-winning Wasmiya Comes Out of the Sea below. Excerpt from ‘The Last Crossing’ Badriya al-Badri Translated by Katherine Van de Vate Your fir...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, US, Middle East, British Library, Badri, Surat, Shaikh, Ikhlas, Bila Hudood, Wasmiya, Badriyya al Badri, Katherine Van de Vate, The Last Crossing, Badriya al Badri


The Disappearing Act

Mia Elliot is a rising star in British television, with a huge breakout success as Jane in Eyre. She’s even nominated for a BAFTA award. But her personal life is in shambles, as her long-term boyfriend is appearing in public cuddling with another, younger, star. Ugh. Mia is all too happy to flee London’s drizzle […]
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Mia, Elizabeth, Jane, Mystery/Suspense, Mia Elliot


Novelist Elif Shafak: ‘I’ve always believed in inherited pain’

The award-winning Turkish-British writer, whose new book explores love and politics in Cyprus and London, talks about generational trauma, food in exile and how heavy metal helps her writeIf trees could talk, what might they tell us? “Well,” says the Turkish-British writer Elif Shafak, smiling at me over a cup of mint tea, her long hair a little damp from the rain. “They live a lot longer than us. So they see a lot more than we do. Perhaps they can help us to have a calmer, wiser angle on things...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Cyprus, Turkey, Brexit, Tayyip Erdogan, Elif Shafak, Holland Park, Shafak


Parklife: the year we fell in love with London’s green spaces

Sophia Spring’s photographs celebrate how London’s many parks became a lifeline for locals during the pandemic, writes novelist David NichollsSee a gallery of Sophia Spring’s images from ParklifeWe didn’t call it the park; it was the “rec”, as in “recreation ground”. A flat, featureless oblong of patchy grass, sodden in winter, parched in summer, scattered with ring-pulls and dog mess – this was the late 70s – its great featureless expanse broken only by buckled goalposts and a few skinny, uncli...
Tags: Books, Photography, London, Culture, Art and design, Ruskin, Sophia, Grand Union, Clissold Park, Bushy, Art and design books, Wandle, Sophia Spring, David NichollsSee, Trent Peckham Rye, Beckenham Place


Silence in the Library

Lily Adler has been widowed for more than 2 years, and is only now reluctantly coming out of wearing black to signify her loss. She lives alone in London, where she functions as an independent woman, to the displeasure of her father. When he appears out of the blue for a long visit, he sends […]
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Historical, Elizabeth, Mystery/Suspense, Lily Adler


The lion in the London black cab: the remarkable story of Singh, and the boy who loved him

Gifted as a cub by a Maharajah to a young British boy, Singh lived at a house in Surrey before outgrowing his home and being driven in a black cab to the zoo. Now his story has been made into a book“He was,” London Zoo said, “one of the zoo’s politest pets.”Singh the Lion arrived in a black cab and padded in through the front door, on a lead. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, London, Animals, India, UK News, Australia news, Culture, Surrey, Benito Mussolini, Singh, London Zoo, Mahatma Gandhi


Coomi Kapoor: The Tatas, Freddie Mercury & Other Bawas: An Intimate History of the Parsis

Bombay’s first rioters and go-getters Spurred by the events of the now infamous Ratan Tata versus Cyrus Mistry controversy, Coomi Kapoor explores the history of the Parsi community through its most prominent names, and how they transformed cities with their entrepreneurial genius Jane Borges | Mid Day Bombay was once synonymous with the Parsis. And, the Parsis with Bombay. Reading Delhi-based author-journalist Coomi Kapoor’s new biography of the community, The Tatas, Freddie Mercury and Ot...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Life, Germany, India, Commerce, Islam, Freddie Mercury, Delhi, Mumbai, Catherine, Ratan Tata, Bombay, Gujarat, Tata


Poetry by Ra’ad Abdulqadir: ‘The Song of the Eternal Citizen’

This year, Ugly Duckling Presse brought out a must-have anthology of poetry by Ra’ad Abdulqadir, Except for This Unseen Thread, translated by poet Mona Kareem: As Kareem writes in her introduction to Except for this Unseen Thread, Abdulqadir “the kind of poet loved and envied by both his contemporaries and the generations that followed,” but:” Now, though, he has been underrated and forgotten.” Thanks to Kareem’s translation, Abdulqadir’s gift for animating the world we ignore has begun circ...
Tags: Books, London, Iraq, Poetry, Basra, Tigris, Brooklyn Rail, RA, Kareem, United Nation Security Council, Soas University of London, Arkansas University, Mosul Kirkuk, AbdulQadir, Ghareeb, Ghareeb Iskander


TODAY: Short Videos + BILA HUDOOD Talks on African Narratives, Food Writing, Literary Nonfiction

Thanks to everyone who attended the inaugural “BILA HUDOOD: Arabic Literature Everywhere” panel last night: Image from Dr Sophia Brown (@sophia_stories). We were delighted to see audience members from from the US (from California to Brooklyn), the UK (at least noted London and Cambridge), Egypt (Alexandria and Cairo), Morocco, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and India. Haytham El Wardany, Liwaa Yazji, Sandra Hetzl, and moderat...
Tags: Books, UK, London, News, California, Youtube, Berlin, India, US, Brooklyn, Beirut, Cairo, Sinjar, BST, Sophia Brown, Kamel


A Game of Clue: A Stylist’s Redone Victorian Cottage in New England

Justine, our Massachusetts-based contributing editor, recently took a day trip to visit another MA-based creative: Krissy O’Shea, the stylist (and writer, photographer, and cook) behind @cottagefarm. Krissy documents life in her family’s old homestead in the center of the state, “started,” she says, “by my great-grandparents, who originally came from Sweden.” But she and Justine connected over a space much newer to the family: City Cottage, a small circa-1900 house in a cluster of workers’ cotta...
Tags: Books, London, Sweden, Boston, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Netherlands, Cambridge, New England, House Tour, Sean, Justine, Kohler, Spring Hill, Carrara, Krissy


Martin Eden review – Jack London’s thrilling tale of hollow success

This Italian adaptation of London’s 1909 novel follows the ascent of a proletarian novelist to popular success which proves a bitter disappointmentThe terrible loneliness of success is the subject of this absorbing movie, equal in some strange way to the loneliness of failure; it’s also about the secret and shameful feeling that failure is the one truthful state of being, which the successful person has had to renounce. Martin Eden is also about capitalism and enterprise and the great 20th-centu...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Film, California, World news, Culture, Italy, Film adaptations, World cinema, Naples, Martin, Jack London, Marcello, Lucio, Martin Eden


On Being Wanderers in a Cosmopolitan City: A Conversation with Wen-chin Ouyang

By Tugrul Mende This autumn, Syracuse University Press will publish a short story collection by author Haifa Zangana: Packaged Lives: Ten Stories and a Novella. Zangana’s work has previously appeared in English — her Dreaming of Baghdad came out in 2012, and her articles and essays have appeared in many news outlets. Yet Packaged Lives is the first time English-language readers will have access to a book of Zangana’s short stories, here translated by Prof. Wen-chin Ouyang. The two are...
Tags: Books, London, Interviews, Syracuse, Trafalgar Square, Baghdad, Michael, Haifa, MSA, Ibn Al Jawzi, Zangana, Syracuse University Press, Ouyang, Michael Beard, Banipal, On Translation



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